Maryanne Trump Barry, the older sister of former President Donald Trump, passed away on November 13, 2023, at the age of 86. She had a successful career as a former judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1999. Following her death, Donald Trump shared kind words about his sister, describing her as a “truly beautiful woman” and expressing regret for making life difficult for her by running for President.
Despite their close relationship in the past, reports suggested that Maryanne and Donald Trump had grown apart in the years leading up to her death. They had contrasting personalities and career paths, with Maryanne choosing law over the family’s real estate business, feeling that competing with her brother in real estate would have been futile.
While she didn’t pursue real estate professionally, Maryanne Trump Barry engaged in real estate transactions, selling properties for profits. She sold a Palm Beach mansion for $8.9 million in 2015, which she had purchased for $1.75 million in 2001, and also sold an estate in Palm Springs to Trump’s sons for $18.5 million in 2015, originally purchased for $11.5 million in 2004.
However, controversies surrounding Donald Trump affected Maryanne Trump Barry’s career and their relationship. In 2019, she retired from her judicial position amid allegations of participating in tax fraud along with the Trump family to enhance their inheritance. Additionally, leaked audio recordings revealed Maryanne criticizing her brother, alleging he was “cruel” and suggesting he had someone take his college entrance exams for him.
These events and controversies contributed to a rift between Maryanne Trump Barry and Donald Trump in their later years, marking a departure from their previously close relationship.